Listening to Natalie impart her knowledge on emotional health is uplifting. For more than 20 years Natalie has been working with people with emotional health concerns and has built up a credible career thanks to her practical relatable approach and insightful reassuring manner.

She is a registered clinical psychologist, completing her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2004. Natalie currently works in private practice having previously worked in both the private and public health sectors in New Zealand. Her practice covers all areas of adult and maternal psychology including depression, stress, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder; sleep difficulties, body image/eating concerns, low self-esteem, anger, guilt, substance use, bipolar disorder and psychosis.

Natalie draws on a number of models when treating clients including Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy and Motivational Interviewing Skills. With a strong background in group work she has facilitated groups for clients with depression, postnatal depression and anxiety, sleep difficulties, substance misuse and bipolar disorder. She is often relied on to provide expert commentary for articles.

Alongside a strong interest in the practical application of therapies, Natalie has a longstanding interest in research. She was awarded a Bright Future Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship in 2001 to complete her research in neuropsychology (understanding how the brain relates to behaviour). Natalie has worked as a researcher for RADS (Regional Eating Disorders Service) in New Zealand.

Being a specialist in Maternal Psychology, Natalie has a special interest in the transition to parenthood. A mother herself to three school aged children, she understands first hand the pressures of motherhood. Natalie firmly believes that early intervention can help prevent depression and anxiety. She brought to New Zealand the group based therapy programme, developed by the Parent-Infant Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia, to support new mums with mild to moderate post natal depression.

The philosophy underpinning all of her work is: “treat compassionately, non-judgmentally and accountably”. Natalie knows full well the importance of work-life balance. Outside of work and supporting her children’s latest passions, she can be found reading, attending book club, skiing the mountains, walking her two dogs and enjoying a lovely glass of wine with old friends.

Natalie recently published a ground breaking book, Smart Mothering: what science says about caring for your baby and yourself. You can find out more about Natalie at www.emotionalheathservices.co.nz

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